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Posted October 16, 2011
[ Re-posted with permission from HotLINX-27 Autumn 2011, by Jeremy Orbell of the London Internet Exchange (LINX) ]
The Internet Peering Playbook: Connecting to the Core of the Internet is a new book by renowned peering expert Bill Norton. It is a long overdue analysis of the trends and developments of peering and the techniques that networks should use to make the most of their peering agreements. It has already proved extremely popular with peering coordinators and network engineers plus those who just want a better understanding of how peering works in practice.
The overall content is based on Bill's years of experience and the success of his seminars and teaching programmes. His course materials and lighthearted approach to getting his message across have proved extremely popular and have been used at numerous of industry events round the world.
Central themes to the book include the Internet core and its relationship with companies that operate the central infrastructure, and the overall "interconnection machinery". Norton models the Internet as a global Internet peering ecosystem and he eloquently describes the players, their positions of power, and their corresponding motivations and potential behavior patterns .
Printed in full colour and packed with hints and tips, The Internet Peering Playbook features 14 in-depth chapters and a vast number of detailed diagrams to illustrate how the peering concepts he describes work.
Sample Chapters Available Online
As a taster much of the introductory text from The Internet Peering Playbook can be viewed for free at TheCoreOfTheInter dot net. For those just getting into peering this might be all you need but the more technical reader may prefer to read the complete book.
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About the Author
Bill Norton a well respected industry peering expert. William B. "Bill" Norton is a consultant, author and highly sought after public speaker and international recognised expert on Internet peering. With over 20 years of experience, Bill has focused his attention on knowledge sharing with the broader community in the form of presentations, white papers, and private on-site consultations.
Bill's career in the industry began after he received his Computer Science degree from State University of New York Potsdam in 1986. He is noted for having developed the first business plan for the North American Network Operator's Group (NANOG) and was its Chair from May 1995 to June 1998.
It was at this time that he also received his MBA from the Michigan Business School. It was also in 1998 that Bill co-founded Equinix holding the role of Chief Technical Liaison for the company until 2008. By then the colocation provider had grown from a startup to make an Initial Public Offering (IPO) where the market cap was a staggering US$3.6B. During this period he was spending approximately 90% of his time working with the peering coordinator community.